Kolkata: With the BJP leaving no stone unturned to win the crucial UP polls, its Bengal unit has seized the opportunity to provide a hands on training to its young leaders on the nitty-gritty of elections.
“We all know that the road to Delhi, the seat of power, goes through Uttar Pradesh. In Uttar Pradesh, poll campaign is going on a high pitch. So we have sent a team of our leaders and youth leaders to Uttar Pradesh to learn how our party cadres are conducting the poll campaign and the party’s election machinery.
It would provide our youth leaders with both — hands on experience and also a taste of campaigning in a politically crucial state like Uttar Pradesh,” State BJP President Dilip Ghosh told PTI.
Ghosh said that some of the leaders have campaigned in areas of Uttar Pradesh, which have considerable Bengali population.
Several top leaders from Bengal including Rahul Sinha, Locket Chatterjee and Babool Supriyo are campaigning in poll-bound states.
Apart from top leaders from Bengal, more than 300 party workers from the state have been sent to various parts of Uttar Pradesh and other poll-bound states to participate in the party campaign and also pick up new strategies that may give an edge to the party in the 2018 panchayat polls, 2019 Lok Sabha polls, 2020 Municipal polls and 2021 Assembly polls in West Bengal.
According to state BJP sources, the teams from Bengal have been asked to concentrate in three areas of social media campaign, door to door campaign and establishing mass contact.
“A team from our social media section is working in various parts of UP with the state unit there. And another team is working on developing the skills of election management,” a top state BJP leader said.
The leader conceded that though BJP’s support base has increased in Bengal but it is due to “lack of skill in election management” that TMC and Left Front are way ahead of BJP in Bengal.
“Election management is very big issue, if you want to win elections. The Left Front was known for their election management, the TMC is also known for their poll management skills. But we ae lagging behind in this sector. In Bengal poll management on the day of elections is a deciding factor and our cadres are getting trained about it in UP,” the leader said.